Ocean City Pulls Back on Enforcement of Beater Board Ban

Jul 13, 2012

Ocean City is backing away from strictly enforcing its 42 inch limit on body boards.

This week the Ocean City Beach Patrol began pulling users of -- what are commonly called – beater boards from the water warning not to use them.

The Beach Patrol had been lax about enforcing the 1972 law.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision to clamp down on the boards was the result of a complaint from a beachgoer who said that someone on a beater board nearly hit them in the water.

But after complaints about the new restrictions yesterday City Manager David Recor met with Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin and others, after which, he temporarily suspended enforcement of the ordinance until at least Monday when the Town Council can discuss the issue at their weekly meeting.

Recor says he has asked the Beach Patrol to get feedback from local surf shops and business owners.